We stayed 3 nights at the Molino D'Era. The first night we were put into a room that was probably less than a metre from the road. The room itself was very small and looks as it the room and the bathroom were decorated in the late 1970's. Even though we had the double glazing and the shutters firmly close the noise all night was unbearable with cars, vans and articulated lorries thundering by the bend in the road with potholes in it. The bathroom had tiny shower with a shower curtain in it and the TV was the smallest ancient CRT television I've seem in the past 25 years. The AC didn't work. First thing next morning we asked politely if we could be move to a quiter room and the owner did manage to find us a room at the back of the hotel that was much quieter. It was slighly bigger as was the TV ( although a relic with a slection of nothing but 100 Italian channels), but again the AC didn't do anything but waft warm air and the decor was similar. We didn't eat in the restaurant on the 1st night as it was closed - as was the bar. I wouldn't say the hotel as close to Volterra as it was a 25 minute drive and there is nothing within walking distance of the hotel. The breakfast buffet was ok, but nothing more. We ate in the restaurant on the final 2 nights and I would so the food was fine, but not as good as many restaurants around or Volterra. The location of the hotel is sub optimal. The staff were all very pleasant even if haphazard. I was concerned somewhat by the lackadaisical security at the hotel. The rooms had no safes and very often the front desk would be unmanned so you had to help yourself to your room key - or anyone else's! Perhaps it was sleep deprivation, but all in all Molino D'Era was a disappointment and we would not return or recommend it.
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